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Did you know that Hampshire marks the end of the Napoleonic Dynasty, that it’s home to the Spitfire, the Burberry gabardine waterproof, and cricket? This fun book is packed with tall tales and an abundance of trivia.
Hampshire is a county on the southern coast of England. It’s bordered by Dorset to the west, Wiltshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north, Surrey to the north-east, and West Sussex to the east. The southern boundary is the coastline of the English Channel and the Solent, facing the Isle of Wight.
For further factual information on the county’s geography or history, or to discover which well-known places you should visit and why, may I politely invite you to head for the enormous amount of excellent tourist guide books and local history volumes – expertly researched and complied by scholars and serious travel writers – which you will surely find in any good library or bookshop.
No, it’s not our purpose here to share with you the recognised facts about Hampshire. Instead, for these Tales and Trivia books we’ve delighted in rummaging about to seek out the more peculiar, funny, off the wall or lesser known tit-bits about the county’s people, places, objects, customs and history.
We hope that these morsels will not only add to your enjoyment of Hampshire but will also surprise, entertain, or flabbergast you … or at least give you something to talk about when you next find yourself lost for words!
So from watercress to waterproofs, from the Summer of Love to Spitfires, and from Charles Dickens to Benny Hill, these pages will show you a Hampshire crying out to be explored from a different angle. You don’t have to read the book sequentially from beginning to end – just dip in and out as the fancy takes you … and happy reading!
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Released: September 2015
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Linda Fernley